If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.
This was a week of endings. It kicked off with the Mad Men finale, which ended [SPOILER ALERT] with Don Draper meditating on a hilltop, just before we see the famous, "I'd like to teach the world to sing," Coke ad from 1971. Did Don create it? The series is over, but the debate lives on. Next, David Letterman -- after 33 years of smart, stupid, silly, absurd, cool, game-changing comedy -- signed off with a pitch-perfect finale, and a sincere, "Thank you and goodnight." Less bittersweet was Jeb Bush continuing to say goodbye to his senses, following up his Iraq debacle by claiming that it's "arrogant" to say there's a scientific consensus that climate change is man-made. No, what's truly arrogant is denying future generations a livable planet. Continue down this road, and the earth will say goodbye to us all. Now there's an unambiguous finale.
It's our first Week to Week News Quiz of the Post-Letterman Era. Take our latest quiz and see that the news, alas, is still the same.
While Letterman may not have gotten the Tonight Show gig that he so wanted, hindsight tells us it wasn't the show that made the man, but the man who made the show. And for that reason, after all this time, it is undeniable that David Letterman really was the successor to Johnny Carson after all.
My mother used to say, "All my favorite people have already died." She doesn't say it much anymore because she knows that it is a phrase that disturbe...
At first glance, Dave Grohl and Dave Letterman have little in common other than sharing the same first name. While Letterman grew up in Indiana and was married for the first time in 1969, the same year Grohl was born in Ohio, the two eventually became power players in the same decade.
Celebrities have been Tweeting and sending social media messages to thank David Letterman for 33 stellar years of late night television.
The occasion of Letterman's final broadcast is an opportune time to recount one of the most triumphant moments during Dave's 33-year tenure, the "Late Show" debut of comedian Steve Mazan, who beat the professional (not to mention the health) odds to make come true his dream of performing on his hero's stage.
He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!
In September 1993, The Late Show with David Letterman did a segment called "Meet the Neighbors" where they visited Hello Deli owner Rupert Jee. His deli was right around the corner from the main entrance of the Ed Sullivan Theater, and just next door to the theater's stage door.
After Johnny Carson left, it was difficult to imagine that someone fresh would appear on late night TV until David Letterman came along. Other shows and hosts had their moments. But Letterman seemed indefatigable and slightly nuts. Some of it didn't work. But most of it did.
Meg Parsont, an occasional guest star on David Letterman's original NBC program, is momentarily stumped when asked how she'd advise the talk-show host to fill his retirement years after his last late-night show airs on CBS on Wednesday.
Regardless of his broader cultural impact, there are particular people I will always associate with watching Letterman on VHS. I think that's kinda cool, and special. It's mostly nostalgia, but there's something to be said about losing figures like Letterman.
In the early evening of May 20 the words "used to be" will be grafted to the end of my name. I will be referred to as "the former director" of Late Show With David Letterman. Along with the name change, comes the surrender of an all-access pass to New York City.
If I headed any network, I would never let a comedy treasure like him retire. David is still at the top of his game and has so much more to give. If he doesn't want to work nightly anymore, perhaps one of the networks can get him to do a few specials each year.